posted August 18, 2003 08:58 AM
I have six climbers and among them are two rather new (a year and half old) climbers (one red and one pink) that are growing tremendously, they are covering the wall of 2x5 meters wall completely since a couple of months WITHOUT giving any flower buds! They did give some flowers in the spring time, but after that, no buds at all anymore, they keep on growing, growing, without no flower... Other climbers are blooming regularly. Is there anything I can do to help them produce flower buds? The instruction says I don't have to cut the branches, but they look very messy. May I cut them? If yes, when?
posted September 11, 2003 04:36 AM
I've got the same problem. Tons of new growth, but no flowers. Any suggestions?
posted September 11, 2003 11:17 AM
It could be that these climbers that you have are the once blooming kind that bloom in the early summer and then not again. climbers can be pruned in the dormant season by taking out old and woody stems and shortening the lateral stems back by a few inches. Climbers also produce more flowers if you tie the branches horizontally onto a trellis or fence and then also tie the laterals that will be produced all up and down the main stem. That way you'll get tons of little stems off of the main stems, thereby creating more blooms.